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==In Greenwood the Great==
 
==In Greenwood the Great==
 
{{main|Elves of Mirkwood}}
 
{{main|Elves of Mirkwood}}
In the early [[Second Age]], [[Oropher]] of [[Doriath]] (father of [[Thranduil]] and grandfather of [[Legolas]]) along with few other [[Sindar]] came to [[Greenwood the Great]], east of the [[Misty Mountains]]. There, he became the King of the Silvan Elves east of Anduin and established the [[Woodland Realm]] in {{SA|750}}.<ref>{{PM|Second}}, p. 174</ref> The culture of the Silvan folk was rude and rustic in comparison to the [[Beleriand|Beleriandic]] culture of the Sindar but soon enough, the Sindar had merged with the Silvan Elves and adopted their language, taking names of Silvan form and style.<ref name="Sindarin Princes">{{UT|6b}}</ref>
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In the early [[Second Age]], [[Oropher]] of [[Doriath]] (father of [[Thranduil]] and grandfather of [[Legolas]]) along with few other [[Sindar]] came to [[Greenwood the Great]], east of the [[Misty Mountains]]. There, he became the King of the Silvan Elves east of Anduin and established the [[Woodland Realm]] in {{SA|750}}. The culture of the Silvan folk was rude and rustic in comparison to the [[Beleriand|Beleriandic]] culture of the Sindar but soon enough, the Sindar had merged with the Silvan Elves and adopted their language, taking names of Silvan form and style.<ref name="Sindarin Princes">{{UT|6b}}</ref>
  
 
Although the Silvan Elves initially dwelt in the south of the Wood,<ref name="Sindarin Princes"/> centred around [[Amon Lanc]],<ref name="Note 14"/> they constantly retreated northwards (thrice in the [[Second Age]])<ref name="Note 14">{{UT|Gladden}}, note 14</ref> and after the [[Shadow]] had fallen upon [[Mirkwood]] by the mid-[[Third Age]], the Silvan Elves dwelt in the far north-east of the forest. Their king, [[Thranduil]] (the son of [[Oropher]], who was slain in the [[War of the Last Alliance]]), built an [[Elvenking's Halls|underground fortress]] for himself and his people inspired by [[Thingol]]'s [[Menegroth]] in the far [[Elder Days]].<ref name="Sindarin Princes"/>
 
Although the Silvan Elves initially dwelt in the south of the Wood,<ref name="Sindarin Princes"/> centred around [[Amon Lanc]],<ref name="Note 14"/> they constantly retreated northwards (thrice in the [[Second Age]])<ref name="Note 14">{{UT|Gladden}}, note 14</ref> and after the [[Shadow]] had fallen upon [[Mirkwood]] by the mid-[[Third Age]], the Silvan Elves dwelt in the far north-east of the forest. Their king, [[Thranduil]] (the son of [[Oropher]], who was slain in the [[War of the Last Alliance]]), built an [[Elvenking's Halls|underground fortress]] for himself and his people inspired by [[Thingol]]'s [[Menegroth]] in the far [[Elder Days]].<ref name="Sindarin Princes"/>

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